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Old 03-17-2016, 03:32 AM   #1
burnera
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Location: omaha
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89 325I
i don't know

Default 4eat just junk or salvageable now?

I got a 1993 legacy that's somehow still kicking, 200k miles. I got it for $700 as a decent beater, just had to replace all the brakes and the valve cover gaskets.

Anyway, the other day the transmission started slipping pretty badly out of nowhere. First it would slip above 3k, and then within five minutes it stopped transmitting power at all, in any gear. After being a bit frantic at the controls since I was in downtown traffic, it started working again, but just barely.
Got it out of traffic. Added a quart of trans fluid. It worked again.
Now it slips terribly above 3000RPM in 4th, but works fine up to 4000rpm in the rest of the gears. It slips a bit when switching gears. It whines like a turbine in a military vehicle. I have no idea how it's not totally dead yet.
The trans fluid on the dipstick is toasty brown.

Given that the rest of the car still works perfectly fine, is there anything I can do to 'fix' the 4EAT, or genuinely fix it? I'm handy with a wrench but there's no way I'm going to yank the whole trans and dive into the guts of it.
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